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    01-06-2009, 01:26 AM
I've never heard of putting it in an arena. I would hate to take a tumble there.
We spread our manure on the pastures in the late autumn and close them for the winter. In the spring and autumn we harrow. We keep one large pasture open for the winter and alternate each year. Maintaining a composting manure pile and recycling it onto your farm is lots of work but worth the effort. Thankfully I have a tractor. It takes some planning and consideration. We have a special concrete area that drains into a large tank (the run off or "soup" must be drained and is then sprayed on the pasture also). I can maintain the pile but I don't have the equipment to spread and spray so I hire a local farmer to do that. It is unlawful here to just put your "poop pile" anywhere. It can drain into the ground water or a water shed and it can really pollute the water. It sure can create the heat when its working well and I also use the good stuff for my garden.
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    01-06-2009, 03:02 AM
I wouldn't want it in my arena either. When we clean our stalls out, we take a manure spreader and scatter it out in the pasture. But, since there are no pastures there, you could still spread it anywhere else on the property. If they have a garden, that is the perfect place for it. I have never liked the idea of a compost heap because here, we are very seldom without wind and the idea of riding through a jetstream of eye-watering odor does not appeal to me. LOL
    01-06-2009, 11:09 AM
Green Broke
We use a roll-off dumpster that gets emptied every 2 months or so :)
    01-06-2009, 11:13 AM
Our barn has a manure pile, we have several gardeners who come and take parts of it away. We also spread it over the property certain times of year, etc. We have on occasion spread very old composted manure over the roundpen and pat it down but no I wouldn't want the arena to be the dumping ground no way!
    01-06-2009, 07:02 PM
Green Broke
You can compost it, bag it and sell it (makes GREAT fertilizer if you keep urine soaked shavings to a minimum), get a dumpster and have the trash folks deal with it, spread it in a large pasture or area, or burn it.

Since you have some room, spread it away from the barn and other structures, wait until it dries, then push it all toward the middle and light the sucker up! Not exactly great for the environment, but it's a free and easy way to get rid of it. It will take a few days to burn all the way down, and your BO will likely need to get permission from the local fire dept (unless you're rural).

We do this on occassion when too much manure builds up around our horses' shelter. We push the manure together and use pieces of cardboard folded up into long tubes stuck in random places to keep the fire going. It really just smolders for 2-3 days, then dies out. The leftover ashes are easy to spread or pick up. The volume is reduced by about 80%.
    01-06-2009, 08:56 PM
[quote=appylover31803;220976]My BO spreads the manure on her property.quote]

This is what my barn manager does as well. I don't particularly like it, and I really wish it was composted.
    01-06-2009, 09:20 PM
I post mine on www.freecycle.org,
    01-06-2009, 11:56 PM
The guy up the street from me gladly takes it away for free. If I have more then what he can handle I will spread it around on our property. I am sure if you have a ad somewhere that states free horse manure, then someone will happily take it away for you.
    01-07-2009, 02:15 PM
Originally Posted by kickshaw    
we use a roll-off dumpster that gets emptied every 2 months or so :)
That's what we do as well. It's rented and costs $200 per dump.
    01-07-2009, 10:13 PM
Right now, I only have 2 horses so I just put it in my garden. When the garden is planted, I put it wherever I need some landscaping done. When I was a kid, we made some really wonderful improvements to very steep drop offs, shrubbed areas and holes. But all these areas were off limits to the horses.

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